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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1996 Apr;28(4):482-9.

Effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus on submaximal and maximal exercise performance.

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Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0196, USA.


We investigated the effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus Maxim L (ESML) on performance during submaximal and maximal aerobic exercise. Twenty highly trained distance runners randomly assigned in matched pairs to either an experimental (ESML) or placebo (PL) group, participated in an 8-wk double-blind study during which they completed five trails of a 10-min treadmill run at their 10 km (10K) race pace and a maximal treadmill test (T(max)). Following a baseline trail, ESML and PL consumed, respectively, 3.4 ml of ESML extract or placebo daily for 6 wk. Subjects were tested every 2 wk during supplementation and 2 wk following withdrawal. Heart rate (HR), oxygen consumption (VO2), expired minute volume (VE), ventilatory equivalent for oxygen (VE/VO2), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured during the 10K and T(max) tests. Resting, post-10K and post-T(max) blood samples were analyzed for serum lactate. No significant differences were observed between ESML and PL for: HR, VO2, VE, VE/VO2, RER, or RPE; T(max) time to exhaustion; or serum lactate. The data do not support an ergogenic effect of ESML supplementation on selected metabolic, performance, or psychologic parameters associated with submaximal and maximal aerobic exercise tasks.

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